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This photo of the Spean Praptos (Kampong Kdei) Bridge, the longest corbelled stone-arch bridge in the world and the oldest of all ancient bridges from the Angkorian era, was taken during a trip from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by car.

Built in the 12th century and located near the town of Kompong Kdei, which lies midway between the provinces of Siem Reap and Kompong Thom, this 75 meter-long and 14-meter high laterite bridge still stands as a spectacular example of engineering with its 21 arches spanning the Chikreng River.

Only until a short while ago, the main traffic in the area was still crossing this bridge, but nowadays, thanks to the cultural preservation efforts of the Cambodian government, the bridge is being by-passed through the new main road built about 100 meters away, so that only pedestrian and light traffic with bicycles and motorcycles can remain on this ancient beauty of architecture...

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